Every genealogist has a book collection. Eventually the collection becomes large enough to need it’s own “space” and we start building shelves. There are a few books that I find I reference enough to deserve a spot at my desk. Some may visit for a while, but very few get a permanent spot. “Genealogy Standards” created by the Board for Certification of Genealogists or BCG is one that has earned the “arms reach” approval. I have an older version as well as the brand new “50th Anniversary Edition.”
This is a book that all genealogists from beginner on up should read. The overview of “Genealogical Proof Standard” is immensely important. I truly wish I had this tool when I began my family tree, now with the proliferation of family research on the Internet it is all the more important. Research that hasn’t been properly vetted can now be spread all the easier, replicating a weak link over and over. It’s also so very tempting to accept something at face value because it would fit so perfectly in our family tree. This book will remind us why it is important to adhere to the standards.
There is much more to this book, so don’t stop at the beginning, but if you don’t have it please consider adding it to your collection.
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